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Black Women’s Equal Pay Day brings attention to wage gap

Here's how to stay informed and involved to continue closing the pay gap.

Karen Morales
Black Women’s Equal Pay Day brings attention to wage gap
Boston analyzes wage data from employers to measure the gender pay gap. Photo by rawpixel.

This year’s Black Women’s Equal Pay Day falls on Tuesday, Aug. 7 and is a national campaign powered by Equal Pay Today to bring awareness to the amount of money black women earn for every dollar a man makes.

Nationally, the average woman earns $0.80 for every $1.00 the average man earns. The gender pay gap is even more significant for black women, who make $0.63 for every $1.00 a white non-Hispanic man makes.

According to the Boston Women’s Workforce Council Report 2017 published by Mayor Martin Walsh’s Office of Women’s Advancement, black women take home $0.52 for every $1.00 a white man makes.

Greater Boston Gender Wage Gap by Race. Credit: Boston Women’s Workforce Council Report 2017

One way the city is addressing this disparity is to offer free salary negotiation workshops to women in Boston.

The workshops are in partnership with the American Association of University Women, and take place on various dates and locations throughout this month and in September. There is a workshop tonight at WeWork in Back Bay from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

To view the full schedule of salary negotiation workshops, click here.

To learn more about Boston’s gender pay gap and read the full Women’s Workforce Council report, click here.

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